From the rocky coast of Washington to the sandy coast of Florida, there are beaches everywhere — well, everywhere there is an ocean or other body of water.  There’s something so fun about getting together with a group of girlfriends and heading out for the beach.

I love Gulf Shores, Alabma — maybe I’m a little biased, but Gulf Shores has some of the most amazing white beaches in the country.

There are local restaurants serving fresh seafood, a large public beach, plenty of places to stay, and outlet shopping close by. There’s plenty to do, see, and eat.

Where to Stay:  There’s a little bit of everything in Gulf Shores from hotels and motels to high rise condominiums.  There are low-rise condos and brightly painted beach houses that sit right on the beach. Vacation Rentals by Owner-hundreds of rentals in the area from simple one-bedroom homes to lavish houses that sleep twenty or more people. You deal directly with the owner and bypass the middle man.

Meyers Realty ( 800-213-9544-

Brett Robinson ( 877-788-1891  Check with them for free night specials.

Best Prices:  Fall (Sept – Oct) — great prices and great weather ; Winter (Nov – Feb) — about 1/2 the price of a Summer stay

Tips:  if you’re looking for the best price, consider renting across the street from the beach.  Make sure you have easy beach access.